WATER WISE Watering Tips
Use these great WATER WISE tips to help you save water and money. Don't get a shock this summer when you get your water bill. Take action now to save.
Outdoor WATER WISE Tips
Water early or late so it won't evaporate
Watering the lawn and garden between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., when temperatures are cooler, allows the water to infiltrate the soil. Avoid watering when it is windy or during the heat of the day.
Install a rain barrel
Get a rain barrel and use the water collected for your garden or planting beds.
Don't overdo it
Your lawn needs only about one inch of water each week, including rain, to stay green. City of Olympia water customers can receive a free rain gauge to measure how much water their lawns get each week. Email or call 360.753.4444 ext. 8390 to request one.
Check your outdoor faucets
Check your outdoor faucets, hoses, and irrigation system for leaks. These leaks can be tough to find, but they are well worth the effort. Replace or repair broken sprinkler heads promptly.
Utilize a rain sensor
Utilize a rain sensor for your irrigation system. Rain sensors turn off automatic irrigation systems when it rains. They are relatively easy to install and adjust, and will fit all irrigation controllers. Email or call 360.753.4444 ext. 8390 to request a free rain sensor.
Concrete won't grow
Avoid watering streets, sidewalks, and driveways.
Easy on, easy off
If you use a hose-end sprinkler to water your lawn and garden, a timer is a great way to prevent overwatering. Turn it on and forget it; save time, water and money. Stop by City Hall with a copy of your utility bill and get yours today! Limit one per household.
Install a drip irrigation system
Or use a soaker hose to give your plants' roots a slow, steady supply of water.
Pick the right plant
Use native perennials, shrubs, and trees when landscaping your yard. Native or drought tolerant plants require less water in general than other varieties. Consider the water requirements of any new plants you purchase.
Invest in your soil
Improve soil with compost and mulch around plants to minimize moisture loss.
Use a broom
Rather than a hose to clean driveways, walkways, and sidewalks.
Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle
To wash the car. You can save up to 100 gallons every time you do. We offer free spray nozzles as part of our Outdoor Water Saving Kit - get one free today! Limit one per household.
Monitor your water bill for unusually high water use
Your bill and your water meter are tools that can help you find and eliminate leaks.
Contacting WATER WISE Staff:
- Water Conservation Program Office, 360.753.8271
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org